Workshops and Institutes

NYC Chancellor’s Day 2016: Connecting Museum Resources to the Science Curriculum

June 9, 2016

Professional Development in the Cullman Hall of the Universe

Professional Development in the Cullman Hall of the Universe

 Join us on Chancellor’s Day to enrich your understanding of how to use Museum resources designed to support Common Core literacy standards. Workshop sessions will provide K-12 science educators with resources to to strengthen their ability to use Museum resources to teach science as well as incorporate reading strategies and Common Core aligned writing tasks. Museum educators will engage teachers in learning how to use these resources and literacy strategies to support student learning.A presentation by a scientist will explore cutting edge research related to topics that are commonly taught in city schools. Teachers will receive copies of Educator’s Guide for the Museum exhibits they use during the day as well as digital and print resources.

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.  This event is sold out



Grades K-5 Breakout Sessions**

Native American stories: connections between science & social studies  This session provides ways to use Native American stories to engage students in social studies and science content Dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals and the Hall of Eastern Woodlands Indians , interactive read-alouds and other resources will be used to make connections between environment and culture.

Incorporating reading and writing into a Museum Learning Experience: Dinosaurs Among Us  This session explores how to strengthen science teaching in the classroom by incorporating reading strategies and writing tasks. Using Museum resources and the Dinosaurs Among Us temporary exhibition, participants will learn how AMNH resources create opportunities to align Museum Learning Experiences with Common Core Literacy standards.


Grades 6-12 Breakout Sessions**

 Using museum resources to teach evolution and adaptation  This session uses the Hall of Ocean Life to engage teachers in Museum learning strategies that focus on evolution and adaptations of organisms in marine ecosystems.

 Using ice sheet and water storage data to teach about climate change  This session explores video, text, and data resources for teaching about NASA’s GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission. In addition to examining global patterns of water storage, the session focuses on ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. 

 Using literacy strategies to uncover student ideas and promote rich discussions around ecosystems  This session engages teachers in using anticipation guides to set the stage for rich discourse around food webs and energy transfer. Teachers will come away with ideas to help them design anticipation guides for their own units of study.

 Using a web-based graphing tool to analyze data, discover patterns and explain weather phenomena  This session explores weather and climate data and investigates relationships between variables. Participants will analyze data from several U.S. locations across contrasting latitudes, altitudes, and proximity to water bodies will help demonstrate the effect of these variables on weather and climate.

 The evolution of modern birds  This session uses fossil evidence, comparative anatomy and molecular data to explain that birds are living dinosaurs from an evolutionary perspective.

Using cladistics to determine where dinosaurs fit on the tree of life   This session uses the 4th floor fossil halls to focus on exploring where dinosaurs fit on the vertebrate tree of life. Participants will learn how to read cladograms and discuss ideas why the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct.


**After registering for the event you will be sent an email asking you to select the breakout session you would like to attend.